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Remove SnipSmart virus (Virus Removal Guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

What is SnipSmart?

SnipSmart is yet another adware-type application, which may change your browsing habits in an unpleasant way. It is created by well known software distributor SuperWeb LLC, which has designed many similar browser add-ons, including KingThink, SunRiseBrowse and SmarterPower. Many PC security experts call such and similar programs as viruses because they may infiltrate your PC without a clear permission asked, after installing other software. However, SnipSmart is not a virus or malware, it is more likely a program that should be labeled as an ad-supported application or adware. That is because it is not malicious itself. It just drops its own extension to every Internet browser you use, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer, and then starts annoying activities. Since SnipSmart is promoted as a shopping helper, it displays various coupons, text ads, search ads, price comparison ads and so on. Be aware and do not ignore browser’s redirections that may also be caused by SnipSmart virus, because you may be redirected not only to questionable websites, but also to virus or malware infected ones. Furthermore, the reason why this program should be eliminated is the security of you personal data. SnipSmart may be set to monitor people’s browsing activity by recording such information as IP addresses, search queries, URLs viewed and so on. As a result, personally identifiable information is used to show relevant search results that may be filled with insecure links. Therefore, if you want to keep you personal data safe and do not suffer annoying ads, we recommend you to remove SnipSmart virus from your machine.


How can SnipSmart hijack my computer?

Since SnipSmart is legitimate program, it may simply spread through its official site. However, there are lots of freeware and shareware applications that have been employed into distribution of such browser extensions like this one. They are usually transmitted as additional attachments. If you want to avoid SnipSmart add-on and prevent it from getting inside your PC undetected, you should avoid unfamiliar programs, for instance ‘download managers’, ‘PDF creators’ or other free apps that are spread thru various download websites such as, and many others. Furthermore, such and similar programs get inside poorly protected systems thu misleading alerts recommending people to install various updates. Therefore, if you are going to install a questionable program, these simple steps should help you. Firstly, read end-user license agreement (EULA) policy section. This information is crucial because you will have the opportunity to see whether this program is ad-supported or not. Secondly, select Advanced or Custom installation method and closely follow the entire progress. If you do so, you should easily spot unwanted attachments and avoid the entrance of questionable toolbars, add-ons, plug-ins, extensions, etc. Unmark the suspicious ones and continue with the installation.

How to remove SnipSmart virus?

If you think that SnipSmart program is hiding somewhere in your system, you need to act immediately. You should check your recently installed programs and try to find the unfamiliar ones. Remove them without any hesitation and scan you computer with reliable anti-spyware to find all components that are related to SnipSmart adware. Of course, you can also try to remove this program manually but we really recommend being very careful when using a step-by-step guide that was prepared by our team. Otherwise, you may accidentally remove useful components and applications from your computer…

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To remove SnipSmart virus, follow these steps:

Erase SnipSmart from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall SnipSmart and related programs
    Here, look for SnipSmart or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall SnipSmart from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for SnipSmart or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete SnipSmart from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for SnipSmart and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete SnipSmart removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of SnipSmart virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, SnipSmart should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate SnipSmart from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select SnipSmart and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete SnipSmart removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove SnipSmart from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select SnipSmart and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete SnipSmart removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase SnipSmart from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for SnipSmart or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete SnipSmart removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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